Singalila National park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India, is a National park of India located on the singalla range at an altitude of 7000ft to 12000 ft above sea level. In the Darjeeling District of West Bengal. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it. Singalila is one of the best places for the red Panda, Apart from these other mammals found here are: Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Barking deer, Yellow-throated marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika, etc. Singalila is a birding paradise, More than 300 species of birds found here. It has a huge list of exotic birds like: Blood Pheasant, Satyr Trasopan ,Kalij Pheasant, Brown & Falvous Parrobills, Rufous-vented Tit and old world babbiers like the fire tailed Mayzornis and the golden breasted fulvetta, Rosefinchs, Bull finchs, Wren babbers, Laughing thrushes, Nuthatchs, Treecreepers, Yuhinas,Minivets, Partridges, and many more.
The Red Panda Ailurusfulgens are called the ‘firefox’ is a mammal native to Eastern Himalayas and Southwest China. It has Reddish brown fur a long shaggy tail and a waddling gait due to its shorter length of front legs. It is slightly larger than a big domestic Cat. It is arboreal, Feeds mainly on bamboos, but also eats eggs, birds & insects. It is a solitary animal mainly active from dusk to dawn and is largely sedentary during the day.
The Red Panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continuous to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching and inbreeding depression, although red Pandas are protected by National laws in their range countries. Singallia is the best place in India to see these elusive and rare mammals.